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11:05 AM ET, May 28, 2010

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David W. Martin / Mac|Life:
Apple Reveals New Service for Authors to Sell Their Books Directly in the iBookstore  —  Are you a budding author?  The next Stephen King?  Or an author currently looking to cut out the middle man as you rollout your own books?  It looks like your time has come — Apple has released information on self-publishing for the iBookstore!
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David Gewirtz / ZDNet:
iTunes won't let you publish books if you write software  —  Apple today finally opened up the iBooks store for smaller publishers.  And I hit a snag.  —  Here's a quick bit of background.  I've written and published 40 incredibly simplistic apps on the iTunes store.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The next Apple TV revealed: cloud storage and iPhone OS on tap... and a $99 price tag  —  If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you're quite wrong.  A tip we've received — which has been confirmed by a source …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and SlashGear
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola Launching Two Droid Phones In July With Verizon  —  It's no secret that the Droid Shadow will be sold exclusively with Verizon Wireless as soon as next month, but the WSJ is reporting that another Motorola smartphone will also be added to Verizon's shelves in July.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Motorola: Can it differentiate itself in the Droid mix?  —  Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha has been hearing a lot of about the “d” word—differentiation— since HTC's Incredible launched.  At an investment conference, Jha was peppered with questions about how much marketing love Motorola would get from Verizon Wireless going forward.
Telegraph:
iPad arrives in London after fans queue overnight at Apple store  —  British technology fans finally got their hands on the Apple iPad today, after many queued overnight to ensure they made their purchase before the limited stocks ran out.  —  The queues began extending down Regent Street …
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Latest Launch: Its Own Trading Floor  —  The search giant is hiring Wall Street vets to manage a $26.5 billion pile of cash  —  Last fall, some unusual job listings began cropping up on Google's (GOOG) website.  Amid the requests for programmers and engineers were postings for bond traders and portfolio analysts.
Discussion: Fast Company and broadstuff
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired AdMob!  —  Last Friday, we said that mobile advertising was moving fast.  So are we!  Today, we closed our acquisition of AdMob.  Omar Hamoui has built a great team and great products at AdMob and we're thrilled to officially welcome them to Google.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic  —  Google made between 350 and 550 changes in its organic search algorithms in 2009.  This is one of the reasons I recommend that site owners not get too fixated on specific ranking factors.  If you tie construction of your site …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Lists Top 1,000 Sites On The Web & Then Lets You Advertise On Them  —  The Google AdWords blog announced new features for Google Ad Planner and AdWords content network today.  —  The big news is that Google publicly released a list of the top 1,000 sites by unique users as measured by Ad Planner.
Jonathan Standing / Reuters:
Hon Hai to raise China wages after spate of suicides  —  TAIPEI - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry plans to raise workers' salaries by about 20 percent at its Foxconn unit in China, as it struggles to stop a spate of worker suicides and quell rising public anger.
M. Daou / MobileTechWorld:
Microsoft: 30 Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end of 2011  —  During yesterday's ReMIX Microsoft showed an interesting slide that didn't go unoticed by me ( you can see it above).  According to IDC predictions 30Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel eyes hardware acceleration for Google's WebM  —  IDG News Service - Intel is considering hardware-based acceleration for Google's new WebM video file format in its Atom-based TV chips if the format gains popularity, an Intel executive said on Thursday.
Benjamin Rubenstein / AndroidGuys:
EVO's Qik Video Chat to Cost an Extra $5 a Month... Seriously?  —  According to a source of ours inside Sprint, the EVO 4G's $10 premium cost doesn't seem to cover the Qik video chat capabilities, as previously thought.  As you can see in the screenshot below, the service will be cost a $4.99 premium, payable via PayPal.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft officially releases Tag, its mobile barcode technology  —  Microsoft Tag, a mobile barcoding service that the company first talked about 18 months ago, is getting its official launch today.  To date, Microsoft says that more than one billion Tags have been created …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Skype Mobile with video support coming to Android Market later this year?  —  Skype's PR folks have been unusually loquacious today, as they've responded to a query about whether HTC's EVO 4G would get a Skype client with a deep and meaningful forward-looking statement, underpinned by a promise …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix: The Future Is Streaming  —  Netflix expects its DVD-by-mail business to peak in 2013, at which point it believes its Watch Instantly streaming service will be driving its growth.  That's the gist of a slideshow posted on the company's jobs site that details its plans to transform itself …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's social-networking lab launches new Twitter viewing tool  —  Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE) has launched another new project, codenamed “Project Emporia,” that is aimed at social-networking newbies to help them simplify their Twitter browsing/viewing experience.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals Sea Change  —  TOKYO—The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in this gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy, homegrown devices.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Cut Zune Music Price to Contend With Apple, Online Services  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may cut the monthly fee it charges for streaming music on its Zune portable player, senior product manager Terry Farrell said in an interview.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
AT&T exec: 4 out of 10 of our iPhone sales to enterprises  —  AT&T's Ron Spears, CEO of the telecom company's Business Solutions unit, said Apple's iPhone has plenty of traction in the enterprise and in some cases is replacing a laptop purchase.  —  Spears' comments, made at the Barclays …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Twitter's Director Of Search Is Out As Product Is Restructured  —  In July of last year, Twitter Search usage was exploding.  As such, Twitter hired a new high-profile engineer, Doug Cook, to take over as the new “Director of Search.”  Cook has now left the company, we've learned.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Andy Patrizio / ServerWatch:
IT Buying More x86 Servers, Paying Less: IDC  —  IDC is the latest research firm to provide validation that the server market has begun to recover from multiple quarterly losses in 2009, although like rival analysts firm Gartner reported, IDC found that the recovery is lopsided …
Discussion: IDC, internetnews.com and Tech Eye
 
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Alex Kennberg / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Buzz for mobile now available on more devices
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
NBC, Time Warner Tell Apple They're Sticking with Flash